• Lazy Days & Thinking

    Mike has had to work the last few weekends so that usually leaves me at home by myself. Over the years, I think I’ve gotten pretty good at entertaining myself. Here’s my schedule of what I did today:

    5:15am – wake up and eat breakfast

    5:45-8:30 – read and watch news

    8:30-10:30 – fold laundry and clean

    11:30 – lunch

    12:30 – drive around different neighborhoods to get a feel for what’s going on; I find this a good strategy for knowing  how good a neighborhood is whenever a potential investment property comes up for sale.

    2:00 – grocery shopping

    3:30 – short nap

    4:00 – 2 mile walk

    5:00 – relax with wine & watch the rain

    6:00 – write this blog post

     

    So, there you have it. My entire Saturday. A part of me wishes I had been more productive but there is appreciation to be had in relaxing and just being happy with your own company. I expect some people would be mortified when given the prospect of spending the entire day alone with their own thoughts.

     

    “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford

  • Marriage & Money – The Maker or Breaker of Success

    We’ve all heard that statistic that says “The most common cause of divorce is disagreements over money.” While this may very well be true, it doesn’t have to be true for you.

    Mike and I have always been on the same page about money and finances from day 1. A month after we started dating, I gave him the Dave Ramsey financial peace CD set for him to listen to on his way to work. Maybe we are both just weird, but somehow, he did not run away from me.

    He started to really get into the whole Dave Ramsey way of life and even read a couple of his books. Whenever we were in the car together we would listen to Dave’s podcasts. It became normal for us to say “What would Dave do?”

    Being so open and forthcoming about financial topics early on in our relationship opened the door for conversations about our own personal finances, goals, and ideas.

  • The Reality of Being an Introvert in an Extroverted World

    Team-building. Networking. Meet and Greet. If you’re like me, these phrases make you cringe; wishing you could just curl up under a blanket and forget about the outside world. To be successful in life, you will have to endure these events and activities. You don’t have to like them, but you have to do them. 

    The Difference Between Introverts and Extroverts

    If you read the first three words of this article and felt a sense of energy and excitement, then you are definitely an extrovert. You get your energy by being surrounded by other people. Those kinds of events fuel you up so that you can run all evening long. If you read those first three words and you thought, “Ugh, not again”, then you are probably an introvert. Introverts get their energy by being alone and away from the buzz of the outside world. Being in a room filled with the drone of multiple conversations and trying to conjure up small-talk with a stranger is not an introvert’s idea of a good time.

    The word “introvert” has been getting mentioned a lot more lately than it has been in the past. I had actually never really heard of it until a couple of years ago when I read Susan Cain’s book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

    For a lot of people, including me, hearing the definition of introvert is somewhat a sense of relief; relief to know that you’re not in the boat alone; relief that there are millions of other people out there who feel the exact same way you do. Being an introvert is not a bad thing.